LFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- After seven seasons, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has decided to part ways with head football coach Mark Hudspeth.
News Ten Sports Director George Faust has more.
The University of Louisiana relieved Mark Hudspeth of his head football coaching duties..
“This morning at 8 a.m., I met with Coach Hudspeth and informed him of my decision to move in another direction,” said UL Athletic Director Bryan Maggard during his impromptu news conference on Sunday. It confirmed what many expected after a 5-7 season.
Maggard, alluded to the inconsistent play this season, lack of attendance and wayning financial support, along with general fan apathy.
The loss to Appalachain State on Saturday was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but not the sole reason for Hudspeth’s temination.
“It was a game that just kind of of solidified it, but not the sole reason,” Maagard said. “When you look at the state of the program. in eight months here we saw a delcine in ticket sales. year by year, and when those things happen you have to make a business decision.”
Current Cajuns Assistants have been asked to continue doing their jobs recruiting, and otherwise.
Maggard immediately named Michael Desormeaux as acting director of the football program while the search for a new head coach goes on.
“In essence, he will be my point of contact during this transistion time, and will be on point …related to our football program.”
The search for a new leader of the football program is on. And while Maggard hasn’t hired a firm at this point. he knows the next head coach must be committed to academics as well as athletics.
“We also need someone who is a relentless recruiter.certainly recruit the state of la and the surrounding area, and a proven winner… ”
Maggard said he has not put a timeline on the search for a new coach, but says he will move swiftly.
On the field, Hudspeth had a 51-38 record for the Cajuns including Saturday’s regular-season ending 63-14 loss at Appalachian State.